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Back To Basics ~ Keepin’ It Real


Last Year I shared with you all my theme word for 2016 was Authentic. If you missed that post you can read it here.

Being Authentic with those in my life is very important to me.  Being Authentic is purposeful and mindful….and well….REAL.  It means sharing the messy parts of my life as well as all the awesome and successful parts.  It means sharing my failures as well as celebrating  my goals.  Honestly…it means making myself vulnerable.  That is not always easy, and it most certainly is not always comfortable.

However, I have learned, real lasting change comes in our life when we challenge ourselves outside our comfort zone.  Where we forge ahead into unknown territory.  Real change happens when we choose to go where we have not been before.

A few nights ago Sandy & I were on the phone (It is never a short conversation!) talking about all the success we had with the Trim Healthy Mama Plan for food freedom.  We have both shared in wild success with this plan.  She has done an excellent job of maintaining her weight.  Me not so much.  We started talking about why we even started the plan….

For me, I was DONE with the weight gain.  I was tired of looking and feeling like a beached whale in everything I wore.  However, more importantly, I was DONE feeling sick, tired and foggy.  I was so over not having any energy, suffering the effects of menopause, and I was desperate to find a way out.

I found the way out thru the THM plan for life.  I lost close to 30# and countless inches.  I had regained and restored my health & vitality.  I shared my success with everyone I knew.  We started a support group, then we started this blog, then a FB group.  We became very…very busy.

I am not sure of all the reasons I let things slide.  Life I suppose.  This plan requires planning, and cooking, and preparing, but doesn’t anything worthwhile require the same?  To me, the answer is a resounding YES!

I’ve said all the above to say this…I’m DONE AGAIN (A just man falleth seven times?) I am back at the spot where I started.  I can lament and fret over how I got back here (and there is some value in evaluating that) or I can move forward and do what I know.  I am “C”hoosing the later.  Yes, my sweet friends, it is always a “C”hoice.  We can chose to stay stuck or we can choose to move forward.

I started this plan October 20th, 2014.  I didn’t weigh that day, but probably within the first couple weeks.  My first recorded weight was 177.7 lbs.  I am confident I was over 180 lbs.

This is my Weight as of Yesterday…My first official day back on plan:

Not pretty…..I know.  Truth is, it could be worse.  The real truth is I haven’t completely given up on THM.  I don’t eat the whites (milk, potatoes and rice) and I rarely eat non sprouted bread.  I must admit that I have been very sloppy in my eating habits.  I haven’t consistently separated my fuels, and I have consumed way to much of arch enemy #1 White Sugar!!

While the scale has moved up….all the inches I lost, have not.  I am very thankful for that.  The worst part is I am back to having some of the symptoms I was having prior to starting the plan.

But today is a new day, and I am going to be taking you all along for the ride!  Each Monday I will post a picture of the scale.  I will share what worked and what didn’t.  I will be keepin it real.  As much of an advocate I am for not weighing daily, or letting the scale define me…..You do have to know where you started to know how far you have come!!  Each Monday I will post a picture of my morning weigh in…Yikes, did I really just say that?

You bet.  Because I want to be real, and the truth is I need You.  I need this group of loving mama’s and friends and warriors!  We need each other in this messy, complicated, wonderful, scary & exhilarating dance…..we call Life.

I will be posting both on the Blog and the FB page as I get back on plan.  I will also share what I am eating, exercising and how I am feeling.  My success and failures.  The Good & The not so good!

My hope and prayer is if you are where I am, then you will know you are not alone and WE are in this together.  If you are doing great, on plan, or at goal-weight, then would you consider being our prayer warriors & encouragers?  Wherever you are at there is room for you here!

#gettinglean2017, #weight#debt#stuff   #inthistogether 




  1. Yikes! I really needed to hear this, you’ve stepped on my toes, my friend! We all need accountability, and this is a great place for it! No judgement from each other, just love, support and accountability!

    1. Hope….. We are all in this together. The struggle is real and we are stronger together than alone. Thanks for being a faithful reader and commenting! That is a great encouragement to us!!

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